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Biomarker Concentration and Survival Time in Dogs with Protein-Losing Enteropathy

Protein-losing enteropathy (PLE), a syndrome of excessive loss of protein into the lumen of the GI tract, can be associated with a wide range of serious inflammatory diseases such as neoplasia and IBD as well as less severe disorders like food responsive diarrhea (FRD).  Left untreated, PLE is often fatal. In the January issue of JAVMA, […] Read more »

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Vitamin D Report — High End Sufficiency

VDI Laboratory provides patient specific dosing guidelines on all Vitamin D reports for cats and dogs. Now, all Vitamin D reports come with a second dosing guideline for reaching the high end of the sufficient range.  High End Sufficiency Sometimes we get asked- can we target higher in the sufficient zone (100-150ng/mL)?  The answer of course […] Read more »

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All major brands of dog food provide insufficient vitamin D

In a major study from Tufts University , 40 different brands of dog food were evaluated for the amount of vitamin D absorbed and converted to 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25vitD), the primary store and precursor to the active hormone, calicitriol. In a group of 320 dogs, 25vitD concentrations ranged from 9.5 to 249.2 ng/mL.  However, the median 25vitD concentration was […] Read more »

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Response to treatment using CRP in dogs with IMPA

Immune-mediated polyarthropathy (IMPA) is a common cause of chronic relapsing fever in dogs.  It is associated with significant pain, lameness, or with a stiff/stilted gait.  The diagnosis and monitoring of this disease requires serial synovial fluid analyses. Recently published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine , Foster, et. al, found that CRP is useful as a […] Read more »